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Public Health Specialist-Local Government Health Systems Strengthening – HIV/AIDS

USAID / Tanzania 

Job Description


USAID / Tanzania has a vacancy for a Public Health Specialist-Local Government Health Systems Strengthening – HIV/AIDS and invites applications from well qualified individuals.
This is a full-time Personal Services Contract position.
Basic Functions of The Position:
The Public Health Specialist Local Government Health Systems Strengthening will be the lead FSNadvisor within USAID to strengthen and improve systems for improved service delivery at the district level. The specialist will work at a very high level with officials of the Government of Tanzania at the national and local level, identifying interventions that will improve the effectiveness of decentralized management of health services, and increasing country ownership and the potential to implement foreign assistance development through host country systems to the maximum extent possible. The specialist will also work on addressing recruitment and retention of health workers at the local government level, where the vacancy rate of health workers exceeds 65%. In addition, the specialist will participate with professionals and others in all Mission sectors in the planning, design, development, management, and monitoring of USAID activities.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
I. Mission Advisor and Coordinator of a Specialized Activity Area – this includes:
(a) Ensuring that health programs provided at the local level have appropriate manpower, are integrated, implemented as planned, monitored, and have funds accounted for in an auditable way; (b) Playing a key role in the potential for transition of services scale up of services to achieve the desired results in this important technical area of the HIV/ AIDS and health portfolios; (c) Identifying needs and designing activities that will support the achievement of sustainable results at the district level. (d) Establishing and maintaining relationships with senior and mid-level officials at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the Prime Minister’s Office-Regional Administration and Local Government, and the President’s Office-Public Services Management, as well as Local Government Authorities, in order to design, implement, and monitor programs that support the Government of Tanzania (GOT) and achieve PEPFAR goals.
II. Program Management, Coordination, and Advisory Functions – this includes:
(a) Providing day-to-day management of local government strengthening activities funded by USAID, serving as COTRAOTR for at least $10 million in activities; (b) Providing technical input on annual work plans for implementing partners (IPs) ensuring achievement of the objectives laid out in the USG/GOT Partnership Framework; (c) Conducting regular site visits to review program implementation, assessing the effectiveness of USG integrated initiatives, and meeting with Local Government Authorities who are partners and beneficiaries; (d)Reviewing performance reports to ensure that IPs are in compliance with bilateral government agreements and with the performance expectations outlined in their work plans and as stipulated in their award(s).
III. Monitoring and Reporting Financial Management – this includes:
(a) Working with implementing partners on the development of a performance monitoring plan (PMP), and monitoring partner performance through activity oversight visvis the work plan, the PMp, and field visits; (b) Ensuring accurate and timely partner reporting, participating in overall results reporting with the Systems Strengthening Interagency Technical Team, and collaborating on the preparation of results the Annual and Semi-Annual Reports to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator; (c) Providing financial oversight of IP activities, including review and approval of advances, vouchers, and liquidations, as well as annual budgets and financial requirements for annual obligations. IV. Perform program administrative and technical duties as assigned – this includes: (a) Participating in the Interagency Technical Team in the preparation of the PEPFAR Country Operational Plan, with specific descriptive information provided for each activity and program area.
Qualifications Required:
Education: Master’s degree in public health, health management, public administration, or an advanced clinical degree is required.
Prior Work Experience:A minimum of three years of progressively responsible, professional level experience in overseeing development programs is required.
Post Entry Training: Professional seminars to expand knowledge, skills and abilities in HIV/AIDS, Care, Treatment, and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (TPMTCT), program evaluation, practices, procedures, and administrative and fiscal management.
Language Proficiency:Level IV (fluency) speaking and written communication in English and Kiswahiliare required.
Selection Process:Applicants will initially be evaluated based on documentations submitted with application; then competitively ranked applicants will be tested and interviewed. Therefore, it is essential that applicants address the required qualifications above in the application.


 How to Apply

Letter of application plus copies of relevant certificates and testimonials should be addressed to
The Executive Officer,
USAID/Tanzania
P.O. Box 9130
Dar es Salaam (or by hand to 686 Old Bagamoyo Road, Msasani , Dar es Salaam).

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